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Waterloo Mayor Hart reacts to Tyson closure

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Waterloo Mayor Quentin Hart applauded the move to close the Waterloo Tyson plant.

Moments after the company made the announcement Wednesday morning, Mayor Hart made a statement.

"This is the action we have been waiting for. Now we must do all we can to make sure testing and support are in place and personal precautions are maintained. The virus is here, we must do all we can to contain it."

Hart said he understands the decision was difficult and may cause a domino effect on the supply chain. However, he stressed its necessity in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“We are already seeing the impact on our emergency response personnel.  Our EMS department has realized increased call volume of patients exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, as well as increased frequency of transporting patients that have tested positive. We have had three positive cases at Waterloo Fire Rescue and now one police officer. Yes, I am pleased that Tyson has closed for now, but this is just one piece of the puzzle. Tyson’s closing their plant will prove to be a positive step forward in preparing our community for the flattening the curve. We must be even more vigilant in our personal protection, staying safe at home and only leaving our homes if absolutely necessary."

If the mayor or county health officials hold an emergency press conference, KWWL will be there to carry it live.

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Daniel Winn

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